Softball

This page draws together softball-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.

Descendant of Baseball

Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 to 14 players. Every team aims in scoring as many runs possible, against the opponents by striking the ball with a specific bat. It is a direct descendant of baseball although there are some key differences: softballs are larger than baseballs, and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand. The game is played on a smaller diamond than in baseball and despite the game's name, the standard softball is not soft; in fact, it is harder than a baseball.

About This Page

Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

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Softball Events

  • Feb
    09
    Area Eleven Masters Bowling Tournament
    Feb 09, 2016
    10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Rock Hill
    South Carolina
    Area Eleven Masters Bowling Tournament

    Come out and support our Masters bowlers in our annual bowling tournament. Competition will begin at 10:00am and be completed no later than 1:30pm.

    For more information
    Contact: Kathy Covington
    Email: area11sosc@hotmail.com

    Feb 09, 2016
    10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Strikers Family SportCenter
    124 N. Anderson Rd.
    Rock Hill, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    11
    Basketball team 5 on 5
    Feb 11, 2016
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Lyman
    South Carolina
    Basketball team 5 on 5

    Join us February 11th at Limestone College in Lyman, South Carolina as our athletes compete and show their skill in 5 on 5 team basketball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    Contact: Paula White
    Email: pgwhite@spart7.org
    Phone: 864-706-0043

    Feb 11, 2016
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Limestone College
    110 Maryland Ave
    Lyman, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    13
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Roscommon
    Michigan
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge

    The Higgins Lake Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at the Gerrish Township Marina on Higgins Lake. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 2:00 p.m.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Feb 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Gerrish Township Marina
    Roscommon, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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